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Thomas J. Van Hoof, M.D., Ed.D. '88

Health Service Award

The Health Service Award recognizes alumni or friends of the college for exceptional achievement in health care, research, practice, and/or health education.  The recipient of this year's award was Dr. Thomas Van Hoof of the Class of 1988.

Tom excelled academically at Saint Anselm, majoring in Biology and graduating summa cum laude.  He also was very involved with student government, serving as student body president during his senior year.  One could argue that Tom never left college (pause).  In 1992 he graduated from the University of Connecticut School of Medicine and then earned a Master's degree in Education at that same university.  Following his passion for both education and health care, Tom recently continued his education by earning his doctorate in Educational Administration at Columbia University in 2008.  

As a physician, Tom specialized in Psychiatry, which helped prepare him for a role of teamwork and inter-professional activity.  He understands the value of team work and the enhanced quality that results when professionals work together.  Over the past 25 years, Tom has become an expert in health services research and education.  He currently serves as Associate Professor at the University of Connecticut School of Nursing, and Associate Professor for the Department of Community Medicine and Health Care at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine.

To many of his colleagues throughout the UCONN system, including Dr. Carol Polifroni '71, former award recipient, Tom is known as a teacher's teacher; A colleague whom students rate as one of the best teachers within their system.   He was recently awarded the AAUP 2012-2013 Award for Teaching Promise which further attests to his teaching prowess and excellence in the classroom.   And, in 1998, he received the Teacher of the Year award in the School of Medicine.

In regard to health care research, Tom is the recipient of several grants (roughly 40 million dollars worth) that address the preparation of primary care practitioners to deliver quality health care.  In addition, his research and scholarship show his ongoing commitment to improving primary care, qualitative assessment and registered nurse preparation.

As a research consultant to Qualidigm, a Medicare quality improvement agency for Connecticut and the Northeast, Tom received the Innovation Prize for the Connecticut Quality Improvement Award Partnership, and in 2004 he was awarded the Pinnacle Award for Excellence in Teamwork from Qualidigm.